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It's about pot, not Trudeau

OTTAWA -- Health Minister Rona Ambrose is denying the federal government's proposed marijuana awareness campaign is aimed at Justin Trudeau.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose told a news conference Monday on the sidelines of the annual Canadian Medical Association meeting. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science. Whether pot is legal or illegal, the health risks of marijuana to youth remain the same, and we should all be concerned about them."

The Liberal leader lashed out at Conservatives last week over reports Health Canada has approached three doctors' groups to sign onto an anti-pot advertising campaign directed at youth. All three declined to participate.

Teen shot at least six times

FERGUSON, Mo. -- An unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.

An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the pathologists and the family's attorneys said.

Dam back in Kurdish hands

BAGHDAD -- Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Kurdish forces said Monday they had wrested back control of the country's largest dam from militants of the extremist Islamic State group.

Kurdish peshmerga forces regained full control of the dam and its vicinity following two days of fierce clashes, Halgurd Hekmat, a spokesman for the Kurdish forces, told The Associated Press.

Earlier Monday, Iraqi army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the dam itself was secured by Kurdish peshmerga troops and Iraqi security forces, but the southern side of the complex was contested.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 19, 2014 A5

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